Are you ready to get your middle school students MOTIVATED and ready to learn in math class?? To be successful, students need to BELIEVE in themselves and their ability to grow mathematically. They need to change the belief that mathematical ability is something people are just born with and, therefore, unchangeable.
This resource has everything you need to change those negative attitudes about math!! Through a variety of lessons, videos, & engaging activities, students will gain confidence in the knowledge they can grow their brain and that EVERYONE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN MATH CLASS!!
Included in this download:
• “The First Day”
Set a positive tone right from the start with seating challenges and a questionnaire to learn
about your students and their current mathematical mindset.
4 seating tasks/seat numbers and the “Let’s Talk about Math”... questionnaire.
• “What is Growth Mindset”
Show students the power of a growth mindset and perseverance using informative,
inspirational videos and some REALLY FUN brain exercises!
Video links and 6 brain exercise puzzles to print and use with your students.
• “What is Math”
Students will be surprised to learn what math is NOT! Teach them that math is the study of patterns. Discuss the ways in which mathematicians work, which is the focus of the next several lessons.
• “Mathematicians Work Collaboratively”
We learn from each other! Students will learn the importance of working collaboratively. Creating and assessing group norms will set the tone for outstanding group work throughout the year!
Participation Quizzes, a printable group evaluation self-evaluation, 4 collaborative printable activities, and video links to more mathematical riddles and puzzles to solve collaboratively.
•“Learn to Be Flexible with Numbers through Number Talks”
Students will learn how to build number sense and reasoning skills through number talks.
Speafic instructions/examples of an effective number talk and 2 sets of number talk problems (10 per set) to get your students “talking” right away!
• “Meaningful Tasks”
Show students that mathematics is a visual and creative subject. Show students that there are multiple methods to solve problems (and they are ALL good!) Create tasks that are accessible, yet challenging, so every student has the opportunity to succeed and grow mathematically.
Guidelines for creating meaningful tasks and 8 printable tasks to use with your students.
• “Valuable Mistakes and Fabulous Feedback”
Teach students that mistakes are a positive thing!! Show students that many of the people they look up to have failed (many times), yet persevered to become very successful. Convince your students that mistakes are simply a part of learning (and nothing to get embarrassed by or upset about). Your mind grows from the mistakes you make.
Ideas for sharing mistakes and providing positive feedback as well as video links.
• “Assessment for Learning”
Show students how to self-assess, set goals, and monitor their progress. Provide opportunities for students to assess each other, too. Sometimes, the criticism is a bit easier to handle if it’s coming from a friend:)
Writing and using “I Can... “ statements as a self-assessment tool, sample “I Can...” statements for both 7th and 8th grade*, a list of reflection questions to incorporate into daily homework assignments, and printable “Two Stars and a Wish” peer assessments.
• “Setting Goals”
Setting goals is a part of life. Teach your students how to set positive, realistic, measurable goals to stay motivated and keep focused all year long. Use the templates provided to start setting goals right away! (I think we, the teachers, should set some goals of our own, too!)
Positive Math Norm Poster Set
Create a bulletin board of positive math norms to remind your students to stay on track, stay positive, and grow their minds!!